well i've been just itching to do a mod for a while now and i think i may have finally came up with a fun lil project.
I have this really old tape reel recorder (model: craig 2403-1) and i think it'd be pretty fun to make it into a media pc of sorts.
first i'll show a few pics and then go into what i'm thinking about doing with it.
this first pic shows the entire unit. the front half breaks away and is actually two speakers.
this pic shows a bit more of a profile. what i would do is replace their IO panel with my own. i'd most likly do this by making my own plate and just getting short extension cables to do so.
now i know that your thinking thats not large enough, but i do plan to cover that as well, i wouldn't have all my connections in that single panel
this picture shows the unit all opened up to give you a better idea of the size. in here you can see the size is pretty much cut in half when the speakers are taken off.
and heres the final picture for now, a close up on the unit. What i'd really like to do is just pretty much take everything out and put in a new face plate. this plate would have a LCD mounted in it. on the bottom left pretty much where that little door is, i would put the cdrom. i would also have all my USB connections inside the case along with any other controls i might want in there.
I'd really like some feedback on this. this case is pretty much one day in the making, but i plan to mount everything inside the case with a plexi and aluminum tubing framework. Since i plan to run cables to my own IO plate i can additionally place items just about anywhere i want to which is pretty nice.
Now i've also considered not mounting a monitor. This would save me lots and give me a whole lot more options for this case. I'm primarily building this because i'm gettin a projector maybe in the next month and i think this would be a great media pc to accompany it. the hardware will be scooped from an older PC of mine, but it'll work all the same, this wont be a high end gaming or developing machine, just something to play around with and look kewl.
ok i got the thing all scooped out and i gotta say, this is looking promising. i'm still not sure on if i want to mount a LCD to the front cover or not but it looks like i can easily keep that side panel with the 4 dials and theres another 2 potentiometers(sp?) that i can use as well. as far as the meters i'm not entirly sure on those yet. i tried a test measure with a 1.5 v batter and that made the needles really jump to full, so i'm not to sure what i'd do with those yet, but theres also so much space in thie case that it really gives me a lot of room to wotk with things.
so everyone i'd love some thoughts on this and hopefully i can turn this into a worklog sometime.
Also i have this posted on a few forums, updates will come the fastest from my site, then i'll post on others